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Udall, Salazar best choices in 2008

Post Independent Editorial Board
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A new U. S. senator for Col­orado will be elected on Nov. 4.

This seat will play a vital role in shaping Colorado and the nation for the next six years.

The race pits Boulder Demo­crat Mark Udall against Fort Collins Republican Bob Schaf­fer.

These two men offer contrast­ing views on the issues, most of the time coming down along party lines. The seat is currently held by retiring Republican Wayne Allard.

We feel that Mr. Udall brings the most willingness to take a moderate view and embrace the possibility of crossing the aisle to get things done.

We also believe that he brings the most balance to the energy issue, which will have a huge impact on Garfield County in the coming years.

Mr. Udall has shown that he can take an open-minded approach to the energy industry here in Garfield County and the surrounding areas.

A balance is necessary. Ener­gy companies must be allowed to drill and produce natural gas, and in the future, oil shale. The energy industry needs to con­tinue to grow, and natural resources still need to be devel­oped.

But there must be a bal­ance. There must a watchdog mentality to keep the energy companies in check. There also needs to be a clear and aggressive plan for the future, and that means alternative energy.

That’s where Mr. Udall sets himself apart from Mr. Schaf­fer.

We believe Mr. Udall can bring a necessary balance to the U. S. Senate seat and work with members of both parties to help citizens in the present as well as preparing the nation for a future that will need to find alternative forms of ener­gy.

Congressman John Salazar, a Democrat from Manassa, has led the 3rd Congressional Dis­trict with a sound voting record and great stability for the past four years.

Mr. Salazar is running for a third term, this time against Republican Wayne Wolf, a Delta County commissioner.

The two are vying for a two­year term, which is a short, chal­lenging amount of time to get things done; however, this is why we feel Mr. Salazar has earned the right to remain in office.

His working knowledge of the issues specific to Garfield Coun­ty and the entire district is a tremendous asset.

In a mammoth district that is the largest in Colorado, Mr. Salazar has demonstrated ability and knowledge that benefits the entire district. With borders that stretch from Routt County to the north, all the way across the Western Slope, then reaching all the way to Pueblo, it would be easy to forget about or ignore some of the district. Mr. Salazar has shown that he won’t ignore the issues facing Garfield County.

We feel Mr. Salazar is the best person to represent the 3rd Congressional District.

We feel that Mr. Salazar understands the issues facing the district and the state well, and we feel that another term for him in the Congress is the best decision in 2008.

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